Brief Description

Stretching across the southern portion of the North American continent, Mexico is thirteenth largest country on Earth and one of its most diverse. Running across the centre of the country, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt is home to some of the tallest peaks on the continent. Deserts stretch across the north of the country and thick tropical rainforests sprawl over the south. All of this incredible diversity makes Mexico one of the most visited countries in the world.

Famous Mountains in Mexico

Due to its considerable size, Mexico is home to a number of different mountain ranges, including the Sierra Madre Occidental, Sierra Madre Oriental and Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. The highest mountains in the country are found in the latter of these ranges.

At 5,636 metres (18,491 feet) in elevation, Pico de Orizaba (also known as Citlaltépetl) is the tallest peak in the country and the third highest in North America. It’s relative ease of access combined with incredible views from the summit make it the most popular climbing destination in Mexico.

Other popular expeditions in Mexico are:

  • Iztaccihuatl
  • Popocatépetl
  • Nevado de Toluca
  • Nevado de Colima
  • Picacho del Diablo

Browse our navigation menu to find many more Mexico expeditions.

Quick Facts about Mexico

  • Mexico is home to 40 different major mountain summits, with an elevation of at least 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), located in 24 different states all across the country.
  • Mexico is home to the most UNESCO World Heritage sites of any country in North America and the seventh most in the world, including several that are located in mountainous areas of the country.
  • Mexico ranks fifth in the world in terms of the amount of native biodiversity. Part of the reason for this is the diverse landscapes found throughout the country, including deserts, tropical rainforests and coastal islands.

How To Get To Mexico

Any trip to Mexico likely begins with a flight into Mexico City International Airport (MEX). Most guides will opt to meet you here and either provide transport to the start of the trip or arrange for a domestic transfer to a closer airport. 

What To Expect in Mexico

Weather: The climbing and trekking season in Mexico coincides with the dry season; very little rain falls in the mountainous regions of the country at this time of year. Temperatures are generally warm, usually around or below 20 ºC (70 ºF) in the mountains and becoming increasingly cool at higher elevations. 

Peak Trekking/Climbing Season: October to March

Currency: Pexo (MXP). US dollars are also frequently expected in tourist destinations,

Language: Spanish

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